DIGITAL EDITION No. 170   April 6, 2016  EDITOR: Layne Bowen   PHOTOGRAPHER: Kris Anderson

Our Program for April 13th:

Microsoft Word - 4-13 Jill Ravitch Bio_pic_.docxVICTIMS OF ELDER ABUSE: A DA’S PASSION

D.A. Ravish will speak to us this week about one of the areas in which she is most passionate – Elder Abuse.

Jill Ravitch is the first woman to serve as District Attorney in Sonoma County. She took office in 2011, and is now serving her second term. A graduate of UC Berkeley, Ms. Ravitch attended the University of San Francisco Law School, and upon graduation in 1987 began her prosecutorial career at the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office. Ms. Ravitch moved to Sonoma County in 1990 and joined the Sonoma County District Attorney’s Office where she earned recognition for her prosecution skills, handling many complex and high profile sexual assault, domestic violence, gang violence and homicide cases. Ms. Ravitch left briefly for private practice but soon returned to the courtroom as Chief Deputy District Attorney in Mendocino County, before winning election and returning to Sonoma County as District Attorney. During Ms. Ravitch’s first term she opened the Family Justice Center, dedicated to providing wraparound services to victims of family violence, sexual assault, elder abuse and child abuse. She also established a dedicated elder protection unit and began an adult truancy program to hold parents accountable. Under Ms. Ravitch’s leadership the Human Trafficking Task Force has become a model for other counties due to the collaboration of many agencies to engage in outreach, prevention and prosecution of offenders. Ms. Ravitch serves as an advisory member on many local boards, and is an adjunct professor teaching criminal law to first year students at Empire Law School.


Wednesday, April 20th: Child Parenting Institute: Child Abuse
Wednesday, April 27th: World Community Service
Wednesday, May 4th: Cannabis Initiative


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Jack Atkin – Pledge
Tony Roerick – invocation


Steve Zwick, David Gott


speaker, Kelly Parsons


Ginny Cannon reports that Dick Jenkins is quite weak. Jack Abercrombie has been moved from Napa Valley Hospital to a rehabilitation center. No visitors right now, please.


$78 in the pot for today’s raffle. 6661312 was the correct ticket, BUT Bart Eddy only won the $10 consolation prize.

Doug congratulates Rich de Lambert

Doug congratulates Rich de Lambert


is Rich de Lambert for his active participation on many committees and club activities.


Cathy Vicini, the Jokester, told us the ballad of Billie Joe.


Don McMillan asked that anyone needing  a green Giro Bello shirt needs to place your order. Don also has a box of Rotarian at Work shirts for $12.

Don McMillan with Giro Bello shirt

Don McMillan with Giro Bello shirt

Steve Zwick of Oakmont Sunrise  asked for our club members to participate in their golf tournament on Friday, June 3rd.

Sign ups for Bocce Tournament still being taken.

President Doug, a historian found the board meeting in which the motion to admit women was passed.

Jeff Gospe announced that we have an exchange student from France. He’s looking for 3 host families.

President Doug is looking for volunteers for the Rose Parade joint Rotary float as well as a booth for Rotary during the Amgen Tour event being held the same day.


Birthday maven Elizabeth Karbousky presented a group of Rotarians who celebrate April birthdays: Debi Zaft, Gesine Franchetti, Ginny Cannon and Richard Lazovick.
April birthdays


Kelly Parsons

Kelly Parsons

Gesine Franchetti introduced today’s speaker, Kelly Parsons, a local farmer and producer of excellent tomatoes. Kelly also has ridden in the Giro Bello the last couple years. Her farm is called Parson Home Grown. She grows hydroponic tomatoes in a greenhouse she and her husband built. Kelly described how she made the transformation from insurance underwriting to hydroponic farming in the 1990’s so that she could stay home to raise her children. Currently, she sells tomatoes to Oliver’s market and local restaurants including Rosso.


Rotary Club of Santa Rosa Officers

President:Doug Johnson, President Elect: Jose Guillen, President Elect Nominee: Julia Parranto, Past President: Mark Burchill, Secretary: Jack Abercrombie, Treasurer: Cecil G. Humes, Sergeant at Arms: Jack Geary

President Rotary International

K.R. “Ravi” Ravindran, member of the Rotary Club of Colombo, Western Province, Sri Lanka

Governor, District 5130

Erin Dunn, member of the Rotary Club of Fortuna Sunrise

Attendance Secretary

Jack Abercrombie P.O. Box 505 Santa Rosa, CA 95402 707-538-4770

Board of Directors

Jack Atkin, Karen Ball, Tim Delaney, Tim Fawcett, Gesine Franchetti, Bill Hatcher, Will Haymaker, Elizabeth Karbousky, Steve Olson